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|United Kingdom Ambassador to China|
26 May 1988 – 1991
|Preceded by||Sir Richard Evans|
|Succeeded by||Sir Robin McLaren|
|Born||5 May 1931|
|Died||14 July 2018 (aged 87)|
|Spouse(s)||Janet H. T. Blood (m. 1958)|
|Alma mater||Trinity Hall, Cambridge|
Early life and education
- National Service with Royal Horse Artillery 1949–50.
- Joined HM Foreign Service 1954: Third Secretary, Peking, 1955–57.
- Foreign Office (FO), 1958–61: Private Secretary to Parliamentary Under-Secretary, FO, 1959–61.
- Second, later First Secretary, UK Delegation to NATO, Paris, 1961–64.
- First Secretary, Peking, 1964–66.
- Personnel Dept, Diplomatic Service Admin Office, later FCO, 1967–71.
- Counsellor (Commercial), Athens, 1971–73.
- Political Adviser to Governor of Hong Kong, 1974–77.
- Ambassador to Republics of Zaire, Congo Brazzaville, Burundi and Rwanda, 1977–80.
- Assistant Under-Secretary of State (Asia and the Pacific), FCO, 1980–84.
- Ambassador to Republic of Indonesia, 1984–88.
- Ambassador to People’s Republic of China, 1988–91.
- Director: China Fund Inc. (NY), 1992–2003; HSBC China Fund Ltd, 1994–2004; J.P. Morgan Fleming Asian Investment Trust Ltd, 1997–2001 (Fleming Far Eastern Investment Trust, 1991–97).
- President, China Association, 2003–08.
Donald married Janet Hilary Therese Blood in 1958, and they had four sons.
- DONALD, Sir Alan (Ewen), Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014)
- Europa Publications (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Psychology Press. p. 443. ISBN 978-1-8574-3217-6.
- OBITUARY Sir Alan Donald
- "No. 47476". The London Gazette. 28 February 1978. p. 2598.
- "No. 47596". The London Gazette. 20 July 1978. p. 8701.
- "No. 47514". The London Gazette. 17 April 1978. p. 4685.
- "No. 51365". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1988. p. 4.
- A despatch by Donald, headed "First Impressions of Indonesia", is included in The Spanish Ambassador's Suitcase: Stories from the Diplomatic Bag by Matthew Parris (Penguin, 2012, ISBN 9780241957097)
- A despatch by Donald, headed "China: Valedictory Despatch", is included in Parting Shots by Matthew Parris (Penguin, 2011, ISBN 9780670919291)
Sir Richard Evans
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